In 1994, President Bill Clinton proposed forcing employers to pay 80 percent of the cost of basic heath insurance for their employees, though a somewhat confusing series of caps meant that smaller businesses would end up paying much less.
But by 2010, health reformers had learned their lesson. They asked almost nothing of business. And last night, the Obama administration decided to ask even less.
One of the most amazing characteristics of our country is the almost unlimited ability for our citizens to be duped by special interests through our legislatures (those people we elect and pay a lot of money to protect our interests?) and convince us to oppose what serves us best.
Many, perhaps you, strongly and violently believe we have the best yet that couldn't be further from the truth. In metrics widely supported, Cuba (as does Croatia!) has a better healthcare system than we do yet you make the assertions otherwise. Science and statistics be damned.
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